From Deprivation to Empowerment

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A Bible Lesson that teaches kids what God wants from His people.

The 7 Things God Hates is a 17 page Bible lesson that was created for those who teach children from K to 6th grade. It includes fun printables that will allow you to visually show what God hates and what He desires based upon Proverbs 6.

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I watched the first video session of Made to Crave.

I wanted to share the most significant thing I gained from the session.

It started with the definition of indulge:
“to take unrestrained pleasure in something.”

When I indulge in food, I am taking unrestrained pleasure in it. This is a big deal. 1 Peter 2:11 tells me “to abstain from sinful desires, which [wage] war against [my] soul.” Indulging in and of itself is not a bad thing. But “Jesus asks [me] to give up being controlled by anything in life that [I] crave more than [I] crave Him.”

Lysa read the verses in Matthew about the rich young ruler. You can read them HERE.

The young ruler followed all the rules. He did everything that was commanded of him. Yet he knew there was something missing. There was no total satisfaction. In verse 21, in the NASV, Jesus says, “If you want to be whole…” (or “perfect” as the NIV states…) “sell your possessions, give to the poor…and follow me.” “If anyone would come after me, he must DENY HIMSELF and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

I want to be whole. I want God to perfect me. I feel embarrassed about my weight fluctuations and appearance. I don’t like how I look. I’m not perfect. I feel defeated before I even try to eat better and exercise.

But I am a child of God who has victory in Jesus. I was not made to walk around in defeat. God loves me too much to keep me where I am. God created me to be beautiful in His site. I will not be deprived, but empowered by the Holy God of the universe.

I need God to deal with this sin. “Nothing is impossible with God.”

Please pray for me as I begin to fight this war against my soul. And I would love to have people hold me accountable. It is motivating when you know others are on your side cheering you on.

**I will write a post later in the week once I go through the participant’s guide and update you on my progress.

Thoughts? Please share!